Link between stress and hair turning prematurely gray revealed in animal study

(Katie Hunt/ CNN) — Marie Antoinette’s hair suddenly turned white before the ill-fated French queen was taken to the guillotine to have her head chopped off, according to some historical accounts. More modern reports refer … Read More

‘My restless legs were like bees biting under my skin’
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(Sally Abrahams/ BBC News) — For years, Mary Rose struggled to get off to sleep or to stay asleep, because she felt like she was being attacked by insects.

“Imagine having a swarm of bees buzzing inside the skin of your legs, biting you,” she says, describing the sensation that overwhelmed her.

“It’s really  …

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Woman who can smell Parkinson’s is helping scientists create first-ever diagnostic test
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(Rachel Baxter/ IFL Science)  — Working out what’s wrong with someone can be a complex challenge for doctors. But what if they could diagnose a disease simply from a person’s smell? Well, a woman named Joy Milne has the superpower of sniffing out Parkinson’s disease, and it’s helping researchers develop the first-ever diagnostic  …

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Is your child’s school an obesity risk?
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(Caroline Fitzpatrick/ The Conversation) — Child obesity rates are skyrocketing globally. Young children spend the lion’s share of their time in school, consuming a large portion of their daily calories there and developing lifelong eating habits and food preferences with their peers.

Do the schools attended by children   …

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Stroke: This herbal extract could improve brain function
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(Honor Whiteman/ Medical News Today) — An ancient herbal extract known as ginkgo biloba might benefit cognitive functioning after stroke, a new study suggests, when used in combination with aspirin.

Scientists have discovered that a daily dose of ginkgo biloba extract and aspirin can improve memory and “command and   …

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Enjoy a happier holiday season: remember, you don’t have to do it all yourself
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(Dr. Davidicus Wong/ Vancouver Courier) — Though children greet the holidays with gleeful anticipation, many grownups default to dread and loathing. It can be the unhealthiest and unhappiest time of the year, but it doesn’t have to be.

In this series of columns, I’ll share practical tips to care for ourselves during the  …

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Why the world expert on Asperger’s took 30 years to notice condition in his own son
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Prof Tony Attwood, an internationally renowned clinical psychologist, was blindsided when he realised his son Will had the syndrome

(Melissa Davey/ The Guardian) — Will Attwood has been addicted to drugs for the past two decades, an affliction which has seen the 35-year-old jailed multiple times and reliant on support from   …

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Abortion pill will be available in Quebec as of today
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(Canadian Press) — The abortion pill will finally be available in Quebec, and paid for by the province’s health insurance plan, as of Dec. 15.

Health Minister Gaétan Barrette made the announcement on Wednesday at a news conference in the National Assembly.

Following discussions with the Collège des médecins as well as the Ordre  …

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Vegetarian diets and health: the voice of science needs to be heard
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(François Mariotti/ The Conversation) — Are vegetarian diets the key to healthy aging, or could they be a health risk? These questions are a source of confusion for the general public, and for many scientists too. Why? Nutrition is a complex discipline and it struggles to provide simple answers to issues as broad as the relationships  …

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Is ‘man flu’ a real thing? Here’s what we know
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(Jamie Ducharme/ Time) — If you’ve ever noticed that men seem to whine about being sick far more than women do, you’re not alone. There’s even a word for the male tendency to exaggerate their suffering: “man flu.”

But are men really exaggerating, or might their experience of being sick actually feel worse than it does for women? Dr. Kyle   …

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